Think Thin Thursday ~ It's Okay to be Negative, Just Not All of the Time

Real Estate Agent with Florida Supreme Realty SL514814

Today's "Think Thin" is geared more toward the weightlifters out there. There are plenty of routines that satisfy the POWER aspect of using weights and or machines in your workout but none which is so misunderstood than the "Negative" also called eccentric reps. Everyone has a favorite method that combines negatives into their workout. It's the reason why they do them that may defeat their effectiveness.

We've discussed how to determine what your maximum lift and reps should be for each exercise. Now it's time to change it up a bit with negatives. During eccentric movements you can control 20 to 30% more weight than what you can lift. This has a tremendous effect on our workout and muscle stimulation although only in small doses. It isn't something you want to continue to repeat through an entire set. The goal is to get the muscles activated then proceed with more standard reps to failure.

If you normally do three sets of whatever reps try doing only the first rep of sets 1 and 3 as a negative then go to failure. This gets more nerves activated and is less damaging to the muscle fiber itself. A trainer or partner can and should be used during these efforts. For those who do more sets than this the guideline would simply be don't utilize the negatives in consecutive sets. After three to four weeks of adding negatives into your training return to your basic workout and let the benefits sink in. If done properly, note that negatives do not have to be a super slow rep, you may find that a new personal best will show up.

This is one of the few times that I'll ever say that a NEGATIVE can be a GOOD thing!    

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Comments (10)

William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I think thin and then I lie down until the thought passes

Nov 29, 2018 08:52 AM
Kevin J. May

Negatives in particular are not for everyone William. It'll be OK!

Nov 29, 2018 09:12 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I appreciate your post, and while reading it, I realized that it is way over my head.  We are yoga, tai-chi, qigong fans and practice them regularly.  We all have our preferences and what works for each one is perfect!  A

Nov 29, 2018 10:41 AM
Kevin J. May

I did not expect to see your comment here today Alexandra however you're correct by stating what works for each one is perfect. To some this may also include doing nothing.

Nov 29, 2018 11:51 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I am not a weight lifter, but I always pick up some good tips from your posts!

Nov 30, 2018 07:02 AM
Kevin J. May

My #1 tip no matter what your endeavor is to always practice good form. Thank you for stopping by Brian.

Nov 30, 2018 09:29 AM
Barbara Todaro

good form and the number of reps is much more important that increasing weights.... that will happen in time....

Dec 01, 2018 04:47 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Kevin J. May I just realized I missed your Thursday post.... so here I am, and I'm glad I stopped by.... I focus on the NEGATIVE OFTEN.... it's done very very slowly and not 10 to 15 reps as I do on the power routines.... it's a full control task done slowly with NO GRAVITY slipping into that equation... and I can feel it!!!! 

Dec 01, 2018 04:46 AM
Kevin J. May

Whoa, Barbara, we need gravity. I believe it's the momentum you're not allowing into that eccentric motion? Make those inroads my friend!

Dec 01, 2018 04:52 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good afternoon Kevin . I use simple and light weights to keep me flexible.

Dec 01, 2018 10:20 AM
Kevin J. May

It's never the quantity Sheila as long as the quality exists. Keep it simple!

Dec 01, 2018 01:40 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing this message.

I hope you have read today's blog post by Barbara Todaro

Dec 02, 2018 08:26 AM
Kevin J. May

I did have the opportunity Roy. This week and next will be posts she relates to.

Dec 03, 2018 10:44 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Between you and Barbara Todaro, you two are going to motivate me to hire a personal trainer, Kevin!

I am a Pilates girl (I do it mostly for my back). Being tall, it's a necessary evil in my work-out regimen but, weight lifting is something that I have got to start doing. Thanks for the inspiration, Kevin (and Barbara)!

Dec 02, 2018 03:55 PM
Kevin J. May

Just as consumers soon realize they need a little help getting their homes sold a personal trainer can bring you to a better result physically in less time and a lot more safely than the unitiated.

Dec 03, 2018 10:51 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Interesting Kevin.  I do need to start doing something other than just walking.

Dec 03, 2018 06:58 AM
Kevin J. May

Neither of us will be the athletes we once were but if you think "intensity" a walk can be just as effective.

Dec 03, 2018 10:54 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Yes, that's true but, you're certainly a great motivator, Kevin!

Dec 03, 2018 11:19 AM
Kevin J. May

Always with the hope that even one iota of physicality can sink in. Quantity of life has no guarantee while quality can often be improved upon. 

Dec 04, 2018 02:08 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

 Looks like our friend Barbara Todaro has got your back Kevin 😃. She is the most qualified person I know...

Dec 04, 2018 12:02 PM
Kevin J. May

We speak the same language while Barbara Todaro's dialect is much more hands on. She's a special person whom I am thankful to call a friend and certainly a warrior!

Dec 04, 2018 02:14 PM